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Mazda3 Diesel (2010)

by Barry Green,reviewed June 2010

Too bad if you would like your Mazda3 diesel equipped with the smooth-changing, six-speed auto that its petrol-driven siblings have. It’s not an option.
That said, the standard six-speed manual boasts the ratios to capably tap into the Common Rail Diesel’s 360 Nm of torque. This makes for a fairly accomplished drive, especially around town.

The diesel is more fuel frugal (5.7 litres/100 km V 7.9), but apart from that, its all-round handling and ride is much the same, except that the steering is a little ‘slower’.

Comfort, space, safety, ergonomics and other considerations remain the same. But it’s nearly $3000 more than the Maxx Sport petrol.
Mazda 3 Diesel 2010


Accomplished drive, economy


No auto, dearer price

Key features

Bluetooth connectivity, MP3/WMA in-dash six-disc CD, satellite navigation, cruise control, maintenance monitor, 16-inch alloys, trip computer, tilt/reach adjustable steering, immobiliser, remote locking, rear spoiler, side skirts


Six airbags, front active head restraints, ABS, EBD, BA, ESC, TC

Car Details

Vehicle make Mazda
Vehicle model 3 Diesel
Vehicle type Small Under $35,000
Year 2010
Price when new $29,715 MLP
Current price range $ - $

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Engine 2.2 litre, 4-cyl. turbo diesel
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.